December 24, 2012 – Hospitals and health systems nationwide expect their capital expenditure budgets to drop below 2010 levels as they anticipate patient admission reductions, according to the Premier health care alliance’s fall 2012 Economic Outlook.

Just 41 percent of 617 survey respondents – primarily hospital C-suite, and materials and practice area managers – are projecting their capital spending to increase compared to last year. This is down from 42 percent in fall 2010 and a two-year high of 46 percent in spring 2011.

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